Moon volcanoes may have spewed 18 trillion pounds of volcanic water

Moon volcanoes may have spewed 18 trillion pounds of volcanic water ...

The Moon''s brutal volcanic past might be a vital lifeline for astronauts on future missions.

These unusual dark splotches on the Moon, also known as lunar maria, began billions of years ago when a series of volcanic eruptions took place on the lunar surface.

According to a new analysis from CU Boulder, volcanoes might have left ice sheets behind, which may range from hundreds of feet wide in areas.

The Moon may be hiding ''''big sheets of ice''''

The researchers used advanced computer simulations and techniques to simulate the conditions of the Moon during and after its volatile volcanic past. Using advanced algorithms, they discovered that ancient Moon volcanoes collected considerable amounts of water vapor, which was then removed on the lunar surface, forming ice sheets. "We envision it as a frost on the moon that built up over time," Andrew Wilcoski, the lead author of the study and a graduate student at CU Boulder, said in a press release. If early humans were alive at that

According to study co-author Paul Hayne, an assistant professor at CU Boulder, "it''s possible that 5 or 10 meters below the surface, you have large sheets of ice," which might be a great source of water for future astronauts.

The Artemis program aims to establish a human presence on the Moon that might serve as a stepping stone for future Mars missions, with the first crewed Moon landing since 1972 expected to take place around the year 2025.

Scientists and engineers are developing mining tools for future Moon missions to help them extract ice from beneath the lunar surface. This can be used for drinking water and also as an oxygen for rocket propellant. The Rocket M, a mining rover developed by Masten Space Systems, is hoped to get lunar ice through controlled rocket blasts.

Volcanic eruptions on the Moon may have released 18 billion pounds of water.

The CU Boulder team''s new research reveals that the Moon is hiding much more water under its surface than previously assumed. In a previous study, Hayne and his colleagues predicted that about 6,000 square miles of the lunar surface might be capable of trapping and maintaining ice.

Scientists are not entirely certain where all of this ice came from. "There are a lot of potential sources at the moment," Hayne explained, highlighting the volcano theory. The massive carbon monoxide clouds expelled by the volcanic eruptions may have caused short-lived atmospheres to develop, thereby allowing the water vapor to settle as ice on the surface.

According to their estimates, roughly 41 percent of the water from volcanoes might have condensed onto the lunar surface as ice, which might have been up to 18 trillion pounds of volcanic water more than all of the water in Lake Michigan. The scientists believe that all of the ice is likely to remain there, buried beneath several feet of lunar dust or regolith, and waiting to be discovered by future Moon missions.

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